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Albert Einstein
In 1905, while working as a patent clerk in Bern, Switzerland, Einstein had what came to be known as his "Annus Mirabilis" — or "miracle year". It was during this time that the young physicist obtained his Doctorate degree and published four of his most influential research papers, including the Special Theory of Relativity. In that, the now world famous equation "e = mc2" unlocked mysteries of the Universe theretofore unknown.

Ten years later, in 1915, Einstein completed his General Theory of Relativity and in 1921 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics (iconic status cemented in 1919 when Arthur Eddington's expedition confirmed Albert Einstein's prediction). It also launched him to international superstardom and his name became a household word synonymous with genius all over the world. Einstein emigrated to the United States in the autumn of 1933 and took up residence in Princeton, New Jersey and a professorship at the prestigious Institute for Advanced Study.

“All of science is nothing more than refinement of everyday thinking.” - From "Physics and Reality", 1936

"I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details."

Albert Einstein in Brief
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Einstein's 4 papers in 1905

Photoelectric effect - published June 9 - Energy quanta explaining black body radiation.

Brownian motion - Published July 18 - The atom - observed with a microscope.

Special relativity - published September 26 - An inertial reference frame (still) & the speed of light as a reference

e=c2   Mass and energy equivalence. November 21 - A massive particle possess an energy (the "rest energy") distinct from its classical kinetic and potential energies

The 4 Papers (Annus Mirabilis) presented in 1905
(Annalen der Physik Scientific Journal)

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